The new leader of the Labour party Brendan Howlin has said his party’s main focus is to reconnect with voters.
Mr Howlin’s comments after the party suffered a huge defeat during the last General Election. Deputy Howlin who is scheduled to lead his party back into the Dáil after the summer break admits his party “over promised” ahead of the last election, but says his focus is now on rebuilding the party.
Mr Howlin who took over as party leader earlier this year following Joan Burton’s leadership resignation said: “Our aim is very simple now, to reconnect with those working people who want a better future for themselves, who want a fairer society. And they know that Labour has always done that.”
“We’ve made mistakes, we know that in the last five years, we over promised in advance of the last election. “Bluntly, a lot of people weren’t listening to us. Progressive policies in areas like childcare weren’t heard in the last election, we need for those policies to be heard now.”